How to install and use Tilda – Drop-down Console for Debian 10

Most Linux administrators and some regular Linux users prefer to use the command line for everyday operations. However, it may seem tedious to open the terminal again and again. In this case, we recommend a tool called Tilda. Tilda is a GTK-based, open-source, customizable, open-source console for Linux. Tilda runs in the background, while you can show and hide it with a single keystroke. It does not have a border window, title bar, menu bar, and zoom in / out buttons. The classic terminals used in shooters like Quake and Doom originally inspired the design. The best thing about Tilda is her flexibility; You can customize its behavior and appearance with simple shortcuts.

In this article, we’ll show you how to install and use the Tilda drop-down console.

We will explain two ways to install Tilda on your Debian:

  • Via command line terminal
  • About UI-Debian Program Manager

We ran the commands and procedures mentioned in this article on a Debian 10 system.

Installing Tilda via the command line

If you prefer to install Tilda through the command line, here is the procedure. Please note that only an authorized user can install or uninstall any application from the Linux system.

To start the command line terminal application on your OS, go to the “Actions” tab in the upper left corner of the desktop. Then in the search bar enter terminal. As a result, click on the terminal icon to open.

Tilda is available in the official Debian OS repositories, so you can easily install it with the apt command. In Terminal, run the following command as sudo to install Tilda:

$ sudo apt-get install tilda

When prompted for a password, enter the sudo password.

The system may request confirmation with Y / N option hit Y and then To come in to confirm. After that, Tilda will be installed on your system.

Now close the Terminal by typing the exit command:

$ exit

Delete Tilda

If you want to remove Tilda from your system, run the following command in the terminal:

$ sudo apt-get remove tilda

The system may request confirmation with Y / N option hit Y and then To come in to confirm. After that, Tilda will be removed from your system.

Delete Tilda

Install Tilda through the user interface (Synaptic Package Manager)

If you are not comfortable using the command line for installation, you can use the following interface through the Synaptic Package Manager.

Run the following command in the terminal to install the Synaptic package manager on your system.

$ sudo apt install synaptic

After installation, start the Synaptic package manager. To do this, press the super-key and in the appeared search bar enter Synaptic. Then click on Synaptic Package Manager to open it.

When the Synaptic Package Manager window opens, find the Tilda application. To do this, click Search icon as follows:

Package manager

Subsequent to find A dialog box appears, enter tilde and click Search button.

Tilda Search

When the search result appears, right-click the Tilda application and select Mark for installation,

Mark for installation

Now click Apply button.

Apply software selection

A confirmation dialog box appears, click on Apply Button to confirm.

Tilda will be installed

Now the package will be installed and you will see the following message:

Changes applied

Delete Tilda

If you want to remove the Tilda application from your system, follow these steps:

In the left menu of Synaptic Manager, go to Status > Installed, It will list all installed applications on your system. Scroll down to find the Tilda app.

Then right-click the Tilda app and select Mark for complete deletion,

Mark for complete deletion

A confirmation dialog box appears. Click on Apply Button to confirm. After that, the package will be completely removed from your system.

Choose a package

Launch Tilda

You can use either the Terminal command line or the graphical interface to start Tilda.

To start Tilda through the Command Line Terminal, use the following command:

$ tilda

To start Tilda via the GUI, press the super-key on your keyboard and enter tilda in the search bar. When the search result appears, click the Tilda icon to open it.

Launch Tilda

The following view appears when you first open the Tilda application. This is the Tilda configuration window where you can make many settings related to color, appearance, font size, key binding, scrolling, and much more.

Tilda configuration options

To open the configuration window later at any time, right-click anywhere in the Tilda window and select preferences,

Tilda Drop-Out Console

By default, Tilda will appear in the upper left corner. However, you can customize it to your preference.

Using Tilda

Here is a list of shortcuts that you will mainly use when working with Tilda:

shortest waypurpose
F1Use this shortcut to hide / show Tilda.
Shift + Ctrl + TUse this shortcut to open a new tab.
Shift + Ctrl + WUse this shortcut to close the active tab.
Ctrl + PageUpUse this shortcut to go to the previous tab.
Ctrl + PageDownUse this shortcut to go to the next tab.
Shift + Ctrl + PageUpUse this shortcut to move the tab to the left.
Shift + Ctrl + PageDownUse this shortcut to move the tab to the right.
Shift + Ctrl + CUse this shortcut to copy text from a Tilda window.
Shift + Ctrl + VUse this shortcut to insert text into a Tilda window.
1 to 0Use these shortcuts to go to tab 1, tab 2, and so on. Before tab 10
Shift + Ctrl + FUse this shortcut to search for text.
Shift + Ctrl + QUse this shortcut to exit Tilda.
F11Use this shortcut to switch to full screen.
F12Use this shortcut to switch transparency.

That is all there is to it! In this article, you learned how to install and use the Tilda drop-down console on your Debian system. Hope you found this article helpful!

How to install and use Tilda – Drop-down Console for Debian 10

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